Having a cluttered home can make pest control difficult. Clutter hides pest infestations and makes them harder to treat. Providing pests with hiding places means they may go undetected for months. The longer your home is infested, the harder it is to eliminate pests, and your risk of pest-borne problems increases.
Additionally, if there isn’t enough space for a technician to navigate your home and place traps or baits, pest control services may not be as effective, and you’ll have to wait longer for your pest problems to be resolved.
Why Pests Like Clutter
Clutter provides pests with everything they need to survive – shelter, food, and water. Our most cluttered spaces are just begging to be invaded. Storage areas like attics, basements, and garages make excellent homes for pests because they are easy entry points into a house. Having clutter near dining areas makes it more difficult to clean which leaves food crumbs and residue for pests to find.
Here are some examples of clutter that provides a perfect home for pests:
- Stacked boxes
- Piles of clothing
- Knick knacks
- Stacks of paper
- Too much of anything stored under a sink
- Holiday decorations
- Gift wrapping materials
- Craft supplies
- Overflowing magazine wracks
- Piles of books
What Types of Pests Hide in Clutter?
The most common pests you’ll find in a cluttered home are rodents, roaches, ants, silverfish, and potentially bed bugs. These pests can chew through electrical wiring, cause allergic reactions, leave droppings, and spread bacteria.
This year take a little time to clean out the clutter and you’ll also be reducing spaces pests can hide and call home. You’ll be glad you cleaned it out. If you find any infestations when you’re decluttering, just give us a call and we’ll make sure you have help right away.